William Cobbett quotes

Born
9 March, 1763, Surrey, England.

Died
18 June, 1835.

Occupation
Pamphleteer, farmer, journalist.

William Cobbett was an English pamphleteer, farmer, journalist and member of parliament, who was born in Farnham, Surrey. He believed that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm labourers, and he attacked the borough-mongers.

It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.
– William Cobbett
Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.
– William Cobbett
I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.
– William Cobbett
Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.
– William Cobbett
The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.
– William Cobbett
Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.
– William Cobbett
Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them.
– William Cobbett
Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.
– William Cobbett
The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.
– William Cobbett
The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people. have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty.
– William Cobbett
Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
– William Cobbett
To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.
– William Cobbett
Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of ‘speculation’; but which ought to be called Gambling.
– William Cobbett
From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man’s duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it.
– William Cobbett
It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
– William Cobbett
Please your eye and plague your heart.
– William Cobbett
You never know what you can do till you try.
– William Cobbett